Medical And Cosmetic Skin Care

Debra Irizarry, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon & Dermatologist located in Crestone, CO & Salida, CO

As the largest and fastest growing organ of your body, your skin does much more than keep your insides in: It protects you from germs, helps keep you warm in cold weather, and cools you off when it’s hot outside. Because maintaining healthy skin includes addressing any medical or aesthetic problem that may arise, board-certified plastic surgeon and dermatology specialist Dr. Debra Irizarry provides a full scope of skin care services at her offices in Salida and Crestone, Colorado. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.

Medical and Cosmetic Skin Care Q & A

Why should I see a skin expert?

Given that your skin is both your largest and most visible organ, it makes sense that it’s susceptible to a variety of conditions and cosmetic issues. Everyone has experienced some type of skin problem, whether it’s a wart on the bottom of their foot, a major pimple, or chronic acne.

As a plastic surgeon who specializes in both medical and cosmetic skin care, Dr. Irizarry is well-positioned to treat virtually any problem that may affect your skin’s health or appearance.

What are common medical skin problems?

With decades of experience, Dr. Irizarry is an expert at helping patients address a wide range of skin issues. Some of the conditions she sees most often are:


Acne is the most common skin disorder, affecting approximately 17 million Americans of all ages. The blocked pores, pimples, and cysts that are characteristic of acne usually appear on the face, but acne can affect the neck, back, shoulders, and upper arms, too.

Early and effective treatment can help alleviate emotional distress and prevent long-term skin damage. Laser skin resurfacing treatments can help reduce the appearance of scars.    


Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and eyelids. Patients with rosacea may experience constant redness or flushing, as well as visible, broken blood vessels. More severe rosacea may cause pimples, swelling, and a painful burning sensation.

Discovering what triggers a flare-up can help patients keep the condition under control; treatment options include topical creams and gels, oral antibiotics, and laser skin resurfacing treatments for broken blood vessels.


Radiofrequency is used for small benign skin lesions such as angiomas, seborrheic keratoses, sebaceous hyperplasia and skin tags.

What kind of cosmetic skin care services are available?

Dr. Irizarry offers several treatments designed to rejuvenate your skin, including traditional chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing.

Chemical peels

This treatment involves the application of a chemical solution, or “peel” to the entire face, or just to certain areas, such as the vertical wrinkles around the mouth. It’s designed to gently peel away the top layer of your skin to reduce the appearance of sun damage, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines.

Light, medium, and deep peels are the three basic types of chemical peels. Although all three are designed to exfoliate dead skin cells to improve skin texture and help open pores, medium, and deep peels can help correct uneven skin tone and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and minor surface scars.   

Laser skin resurfacing

CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing is widely considered the ultimate treatment for unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, age spots, uneven skin texture, scars, and other skin surface abnormalities.

Using Matrix CO2 fractional laser technology, Dr. Irizarry can reduce signs of aging and sun damage by gently prompting your skin to replenish itself with new, healthy layers.

This advanced laser works by delivering rapid-pulse beams of energy deep into the dermis of your skin to stimulate collagen renewal. The CO2 fractional laser is a minimally ablative technique, which means it uniformly removes thin layers of skin, much like a chemical peel, to further stimulate collagen production.